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Noun: Couloir (kool-WAHR) Definition: A steep mountainside gorge. Sample sentence: During our helicopter tour of the mountain range, we saw several snowboarders taking on the steep terrain of the couloir.

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Eating breakfast may help protect you from heart disease…and late night snacking could do you in. These findings come from a 16-year study which examined the lifestyles of 26,902 male health professionals, and illustrate the power eating habits can have over our health. It showed that participants who skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher […]

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Adjective: Polyglot (PAH-lee-glaht) Definition: 1. Speaking or writing several languages. 2. Composed of numerous linguistic groups. 3. Containing matter in several languages. 4. Composed of elements from different languages. 5. Widely diverse, as in ethnic or cultural origins. Sample sentence: Merchants in the resort city are adept at serving a polyglot clientele, and most of […]

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Eating walnuts daily appears to protect against prostate cancer, at least in mice. A new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio showed that after researchers injected the animals with human prostate cancer cells, tumors started to grow. But of the 19 mice that received a walnut-enriched diet, only three developed […]

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A glass of red wine a day is good for you. A number of studies have found this, but a recent one found that the polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in green tea, red wine and olives may also help protect you against breast cancer. It’s thought that the antioxidants help protect you from environmental […]

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Noun: Musket (MUSS-kut) Definition: A heavy large-caliber muzzle-loading, usually smoothbore shoulder firearm: a shoulder gun carried by infantry. Sample sentence: The antique musket was the pride of my grandfather’s gun collection.

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Some herbal supplements – from the popular St John’s Wort and ginkgo biloba to garlic, ginger, ginseng and feverfew – can cause increased bleeding during surgery, warn surgeons. It may be wise to stop taking all medication, including herbal supplements, at least two weeks before surgery, and inform your surgeon about your herbal use.

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Verb: Sleuth (SLOOTH) Definition: 1. To act as a detective: search for information. 2. To search for and discover. Sample sentence: After I hung up the phone, I felt the need to sleuth to see if the caller’s story had any credibility.

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Noun: Coffle (KAW-ful) Definition: A line of slaves or animals fastened together. The dog walker had her hands full with the coffle of pedigree pooches pulling in many directions as she navigated through the park.

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Tomato is a superstar in the fruit and veggie pantheon. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter. They’re also rich in vitamin C. The good news is that cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them in pasta, soups and casseroles, as well as in salads. The British Thoracic Society says that tomatoes and apples […]

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